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Last week, I posted an entry on this blog highlighting particular concerns with the Trump Administration’s proposed changes to Department of the Interior’s land-into-trust regulations. I received a number of messages in response to that post, including one from a … Continue reading

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Breakdown: A closer look at the Trump Administration’s proposed land into trust regulations

The Trump Administration has been signaling its intent to limit when, where, and how tribes can have land placed into trust status since the beginning. Those signals have been discussed at length here on TurtleTalk, including here, here, and here. … Continue reading

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The BIA’s land-into-trust process & why changes will never satisfy the critics.

The Department of the Interior has announced that it will be amending its regulations governing how Indian tribes acquire lands outside of existing Indian reservations. There’s been a lot of speculation about these changes, but many assume that they will … Continue reading

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Remarks by President Trump and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry at White House Tribal, State, and Local Energy Roundtable

Written remarks available here. Video and photos here. Tribes represented at the roundtable include: the Crow Nation, Chickasaw Nation, Ute Tribe (U&O Reservation), Southern Ute, Navajo Nation, Hopi, Three Affiliated Tribes of Ft. Berthold, and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe … Continue reading

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The President’s Budget Cuts for Treaty Rights Funding Affect Jobs

Leaders from across Indian country have expressed concern and criticism over the President’s proposed Indian Affairs budget. The President has proposed to slash the budget across the board for tribal programs. The effects of this proposal have been detailed by … Continue reading

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Navajo Nation Office of the President Seeking Legal Intern

Office of Legal Counsel Office of the President and Vice President is seeking a summer legal intern.  Law students are preferred.  Those interested in applying should contact Karis Begaye, Legal Counsel in the Office of the President and Vice-President, at … Continue reading

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State of Michigan sues Hannahville Indian Community over Gaming Compact

The State of Michigan has filed a lawsuit against the Hannahville Indian Community.  The State is asserting that the Hannahville Indian Community’s class III gaming compact has expired (the agreement was executed in 1993). A copy of the complaint is … Continue reading

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Bureau of Indian Affairs Updates Tribal Transportation Regulations

Final rule is available here. Here is the Summary: This final rule updates the Tribal Transportation Program regulations (formerly the Indian Reservation Roads Program) to comply with statutory updates. The Tribal Transportation Program is a program to address the surface … Continue reading

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Donald Trump and Federal Indian Policy: Postscript

Back in July, I wrote a commentary post titled Donald Trump and Federal Indian Policy, which put some of Trump’s public statements about Indian tribes and American Indians into context vis-a-vis federal Indian policy.  As I explained: Donald Trump’s most notable … Continue reading

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Enbridge pipeline litigation, and its (potential) impact on tribal treaty rights in the Great Lakes

In 2010, Enbridge Energy Partners’ Line 6 Oil Pipeline burst near the Kalamazoo River in southern Michigan, spilling 1.1 million gallons of crude oil into the Kalamazoo River system. At the time, it was the worst inland oil spill in … Continue reading

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